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Photo: Nice Branding Agency, Nashiville, USA

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

 

In the run-up to drupa 2020, the technology group Ricoh has raised an interesting question in the context of its inkjet printing activities: “How do experts rate the status of the ‘offset to digital transition’ happening in the production print arena? – Below my assessment. Comments welcome!

To be honest: I know Ricoh’s inkjet printing developments right from the start, and I was very impressed with Ricoh’s progress with its flagship product VC70000 at the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2019. My conversation with Ricoh Europe’s Business Innovation and Solutions Director Erwin Busselot showed that image quality and productivity has made a quantum leap and meets the most up-to-date requirements.

At the same time, aspects of the optimal utilization of such a high-end system by commercial printers were revealed; and whether there are currently and in the near future a sufficient number of PSP’s that have the necessary huge amounts of data easily available and then process them accordingly. Specially for variable data printing, which is far from mainstream in the classical production environment, but absolutely necessary to mark an effective unique position, respectively, to guarantee the profitability and future viability of the printing company.

Which brings us to the core issue, when we think about the offset-to-digital transition: A) Which printing technique is the future? And according to B): How are sustainably successful print productions of the next decades designed to successfully meet the requirements of the digital age?

Here are my assessments and comments:

A) Which printing technology process does the future belong to?

“Old World”

  • Offset printing as well as flexographic printing as a process are clearly specified, well-proven and, at the latest since drupa 2016 in the course of Industry 4.0 solutions through digitization and automation of all process steps capable of highly productive and effective editions of any kind. Autonomous Printing has brought the classic printing world the leadership in industrial on-demand printing for runs of 250 and less, as shown above all in Online Printing, but also in classic commercial printing.
  • Accordingly, the increase in productivity, measurable by the Overall Equipment Effectiveness OEE, has increased exponentially in classical printing. Several thousands of printers have already succeeded in evolving from production printing to industrial production. The increase in print volume in offset and flexo printing, which can now be achieved, exceeds the page volume of digitally printed print jobs by far.
  • This is made possible by standardization, scalability and automation in offset printing; This is accompanied by new business models that are based on Big Data / Industry 4.0 / Real-time Management a. s. o. As well as allowing new, highly innovative financing options such as subscriptions, in which technology is no longer bought, the printing company pays for its use – with a constant increase in OEE. 

 


Example of productivity growth through Autonomous Offset Printing at Elle Media Group, UK, via LinkedIn:

Some stats from November 2019 which will see another 7 million plus impressions month [by a single offset printing system]:

Year on year 22% sales growth

2 mins 58 average makeready

1.96m impressions in 167 hrs

150k in 10 hrs

10.8k average operating sheets per hr

Source: Anthony Thirlby via LinkedIn 


 

“New world”

  • Digital printing is not a term that, like offset printing, characterizes a specific technology, but is an auxiliary term for a large number of different printing techniques, which are based on countless specific areas of applications. Accordingly, the development effort is enormously high, as well as the effort for commissioning, services, go-to-market, etc.
  • However, it is quite clear that inkjet printing has taken the lead in digital printing both qualitatively and effectively. In fact, the latest generation of inkjet printing systems created new applications (for example in packaging printing) and are replacing less offset printing systems than existing toner-based digital printing systems. Note: The digital revolution in print eats its children.
  • The fact is in most cases that the use of digital printing systems does not meet the requirement of industrial production; many installed systems are used virtually stand-alone, with their own proprietary digital front-ends and specific processes.
  • To make matters worse: The vision of success in digital printing is based on wrong assumptions and has a long tradition! Most notably, in spring 2004, market research agency CAP Ventures (later acquired by InfoTrends) publicly announced at the On Demand Congress in New York City that in the near future, one-third of the worldwide offset page volume could be substituted by digital printing in black and white and color. A fatal mistake! Until drupa 2016, it was significantly less than 5 percent of the world’s print volumes that were printed digitally. As a result, a lot of money was wasted and unnecessary effort generated.

Conclusion: Digitization has captured all print technologies in equal measure. “Classic” printing processes have long gone through the digital transition and today, as in the next 10 years, they are indispensable in order to manufacture the majority of printed products around the world in the required huge quantities in a customer-oriented manner.

However, digital printing can gain ground through industrially usable inkjet printing technologies. Provided inkjet printing becomes part of the Industry 4.0 evolution of industrial printers, who are dedicated to the world of Autonomous Printing and are able to operate all printing techniques that are useful to them in terms of collaboration and coherence.

 

Exciting: In the agency scene, as with the example of the Nice Branding Agency, people actively engage with print. But less from a technology perspective, but from the benefit perspective.


 

B): How are sustainably successful print productions of the next decades designed to successfully meet the demands of the digital age?

Technology on its own cannot guarantee the success, but the benefit for the communication of the clients of print productions. In order to increase the benefits, the strengths of print must be exhausted and presented in the best possible way.

At the same time, print benefits from convergence. In terms of digital printing applications, variable data is the measure of all things when it can be used wisely for contemporary multichannel communication scenarios. This also makes a clear differentiator to offset and flexo printing applications visible.

By the way: In Germany, the “CREATURA” initiative of the f:mp Fachverband Medienproduktion has created a standard work in book form that scientifically demonstrates what print in the digital age can do and how quality printed matter works (see my review on “The Power of Print”).

On the other hand, the expert network #Think!Paper has compiled a collection of information through short analyzes of some of the world’s leading experts, which can be viewed in the ValueBlog. (See: #ValueCheck: Print has a future! But the industry is facing a radical renewal!).

It turns out that the term “print” contains all the key terms that represent the value system and the benefits of print:

P = Personal

R = Relevant

I =  Iconic

N = Never-ending

T = Trustful

There’s nothing more you can say or know. Right?

 

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About

As a knowledge worker and advisor, Andreas Weber accompanies communication with the media — characterized by a preference for print innovations in the digital age.

To date, he has realized more than 550 innovation / transformation projects, held various teaching assignments (including the School of Visual Arts / NYC, University of Liechtenstein, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences) and held lectures in more than 30 countries.

His blog valuetrendradar.com (ISSN certified) inspires decision makers from more than 160 countries. Since the summer of 2019, his new blog “#HotspotSubscription – The Renewal of Print” has received worldwide attention from innovation experts.

https://valuetrendradar.com
https://hotspot-subscription.blog

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#ThinkPaper Digital Transition 11-2019.001

Foto: Nice Branding Agency

 

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value  | English Version

 

Im Vorfeld der drupa 2020 hat der Technologie-Konzern Ricoh im Rahmen seiner Inkjet-Printing-Aktivitäten eine interessante Fragestellung aufgeworfen: „Wie schätzen Experten den Stand bei der ‚Offset to digital transition‘ im professionellen Print ein?“ — Nachfolgend meine Einschätzung. Kommentare willkommen!

Vorweg: Ich kenne Ricoh’s Inkjet-Printing-Entwicklungen von Anfang an und war bei den Hunkeler Innovation Days 2019 sehr beeindruckt von Ricoh’s Fortschritten durch das Flaggschiff-Produkt VC70000. Meine Konversation mit Ricoh Europe’s Business Innovations and Solutions Director Erwin Busselot ergab, dass die Image Quality und Productivity quasi einen Quantensprung vollzogen hat und modernsten Anforderungen entspricht.

Zugleich ergab sich der Aspekte der optimalen Auslastung eines solchen High-End-Systems durch ‚Commercial Printers‘; und ob es derzeit und in naher Zukunft eine ausreichende Anzahl an PSP’s gibt, die über die erforderlichen riesigen Datenmengen problemlos verfügen und diese dann entsprechend verarbeiten können. Und das v. a. für den variablen Datendruck, der im klassischen Produktionsumfeld noch längst nicht Mainstream ist, aber absolut notwendig wird, um eine wirkungsvolle Alleinstellung zu markieren, respektive die Profitabilität und Zukunftsfähigkeit der Druckerei zu garantieren. 

Womit wir beim Kernthema angelangt sind, wenn wir uns Gedanken über die Offset-to-Digital-Transition machen: A) Welchem Drucktechnik-Verfahren gehört die Zukunft? Und entsprechend B): Wie gestalten sich nachhaltig erfolgreiche Print-Produktionen der nächsten Jahrzehnte, um die Anforderungen im Digitalzeitalter erfolgreich zu meistern?

Hier meine Einschätzungen und Anmerkungen:

A) Welchem Drucktechnik-Verfahren gehört die Zukunft?

„Alte Welt“

  • Offsetdruck wie auch Flexodruck als Verfahren sind klar spezifiziert, bestens erprobt und spätestens seit der drupa 2016 im Zuge von Industry 4.0-Lösungen durch Digitalisierung und Automatisierung sämtlicher Prozessschritte in der Lage, Auflagen jeder Art höchst produktiv und Effektiv zu gestalten. Autonomes Drucken hat hier der klassischen Druckwelt die Führung im industriellen On-Demand-Druck auch für Auflagen von 250 und weniger gebracht, wie sich vor allem im Online Printing, aber auch im klassischen Commercial Printing zeigt.
  • Durch die On-Demand-Befähigung bei kleinen Offsetdruck-Auflagen sind auch Versionierungen möglich und rechnen sich für Druckereien und deren Kunden.
  • Entsprechend ist der Produktivitätszuwachs, messbar durch die Overall Equipment Effectiveness OEE, im klassischen Druck exponential gestiegen. Einige Tausende Druckereien ist es bereits gelungen, sich vom Production Printing zur industriellen Produktionsweise weiterzuentwickeln. Allein der Zuwachs beim Printvolume im Offset- und Flexodruck, der nunmehr erzielt werden kann, übersteigt in Summe das Seitenvolumen der digital gedruckten Printjobs bei weitem.
  • Möglich wird dies durch Standardisierung, Skalierbarkeit und Automatisierung v.a. im Offsetdruck; damit einher gehen neue Geschäftsmodelle, die sich an Big Data/Industry 4.0/Realtime-Management u. a. m. orientieren sowie neue, hochinnovative Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten wie Subskription erlauben, bei denen nicht mehr Technik gekauft wird, sondern der Druckereiunternehmer für die Nutzung bezahlt — bei konstanter Steigerung der OEE.

 


Beispiel des Produktivitätszuwachs durch Autonomes Drucken im Offsetdruck bei Elle Media Group, UK.

Some stats from November 2019 which will see another 7 million plus impressions month [by a single offset printing system]:

Year on year 22% sales growth
2 mins 58 average makeready
1.96m impressions in 167 hrs
150k in 10 hrs
10.8k average operating sheets per hr

Quelle: Anthony Thirlby via LinkedIn


 

„Neue Welt“

  • Der Digitaldruck ist kein Begriff, der wie Offsetdruck eine spezifische Verfahrenstechnik kennzeichnet, sondern ist ein Hilfsbegriff für eine Vielzahl verschiedenster Drucktechniken, die sich an unzähligen spezifischen Anwendungsbereichen orientieren. Entsprechend ist der Entwicklungsaufwand enorm hoch, ebenso wie der Aufwand für die Inbetriebnahme, Services, Go-to-Market etc.
  • Ganz klar ist aber: Inkjet-Printing hat im Digitaldruck qualitativ wie auch effektiv die Führung übernommen. Derzeit werden durch Inkjet-Printing-Systeme der neuesten Generation aber neue Anwendungen möglich (z.B. im Verpackungsdruck) und weniger Offsetdruck-Systeme abgelöst als bestehende Tonerdruck-basierte Digitaldrucksysteme. Sprich: Die digitale Revolution im Druck frisst ihre Kinder.
  • Tatsache ist aber auch: Die überwiegende im Markt praktizierte Nutzung von Digitaldruck-Systemen erfüllt nicht die Anforderung einer industriellen Produktion; viele installierte Systeme werden quasi Stand-alone eingesetzt, mit eigenen, proprietären Digital Frontends und spezifischen Prozessen und erreichen einen unterdurchschnittlichen OEE.
  • Erschwerend kommt hinzu: Vieles im sog. Digitaldruck basiert auf falschen Annahmen. Am gravierendsten: im Frühjahr 2004 hatte die Marktforschungsagentur CAP Ventures (später durch InfoTrends übernommen) auf dem On Demand-Congress in New York City publikumswirksam prognostiziert, in naher Zukunft könne ein Drittel der weltweiten Offsetdruck-Seitenvolumen durch Digitaldruck in Schwarzweiss und Farbe substituiert werden. Ein fataler Irrtum! Bis zur drupa 2016 waren es deutlich weniger als 5 Prozent der weltweiten Druckvolumina, die digital gedruckt wurden. Dadurch wurde viel Geld verschwendet und unnötig Aufwand erzeugt.

Fazit: Die Digitalisierung hat gleichermaßen alle Print-Technologien erfasst.

„Klassische“ Druckverfahren haben längst die ‚Digital Transition‘ durchlaufen und sind heute wie auch in den nächsten 10 Jahren unabdingbar, um den Grossteil der Druckprodukte rund um den Globus in den geforderten riesigen Mengen kundengerecht herzustellen.

Digitaldruck kann aber durch industriell nutzbare Inkjet-Druck-Technologien an Boden gewinnen. Vorausgesetzt, Inkjet-Printing wird Teil der Industry 4.0-Evolution bei industriell ausgerichteten Druckereien, die die Klaviatur des Autonomen Druckers beherrschen und souverän alle für sie nützlichen Drucktechniken vernetzt und im Sinne der Kollaboration und Kohärenz einsetzen.

 


Spannend: In der Agenturszene setzt man sich, wie hier am Beispiel Nice Branding Agency, aktiv mit Print auseinander. Aber weniger aus Technik-Sicht, sondern aus der Nutzen-Perspektive.

 


 

B): Wie gestalten sich nachhaltig erfolgreiche Print-Produktionen der nächsten Jahrzehnte, um die Anforderungen im Digitalzeitalter erfolgreich zu meistern?

Den Takt gibt nicht das technisch Machbare vor, sondern der Nutzen für die Kommunikation der Auftraggeber von Print-Produktionen. Um den Nutzen zu erhöhen, müssen die Stärken von Print ausgeschöpft und bestens dargestellt sein.

Zugleich profitiert Print durch die Konvergenz. Bezogen auf Digitaldruck-Anwendungen sind variable Daten das Maß aller Dinge, wenn sie klug für zeitgemäße Multichannel-Kommunikations-Szenarien genutzt werden können. Damit ist auch ein klares Unterscheidungsmerkmal zu Offset- und Flexodruck-Anwendungen sichtbar.

Übrigens: In Deutschland wurde durch die Initiative „Creatura“ des f:mp Fachverband Medienproduktion ein Standardwerk in Buchform geschaffen, dass wissenschaftlich fundiert aufzeigt, was Print im Digitalzeitalter leisten kann und wie Qualitäts-Drucksachen wirken (siehe meine Besprechung zu „The Power of Print“).

Zum anderen hat das Expertennetzwerk #Think!Paper durch Kurzanalysen weltweit führender Experten eine Informationssammlung zusammengestellt, die im ValueBlog einsehbar ist. (Siehe: #ValueCheck: Print has a future! But the industry is facing a radical renewal! https://valuetrendradar.com/2019/07/24/valuecheck-print-has-a-future-but-the-industry-is-facing-a-radical-renewal/ ).

Es zeigt sich, dass im Wortbild „Print“ alle Schlüsselbegriffe stecken, die das Wertesystem und den Nutzen von Print darstellen:

P = Personal

R = Relevant

I = Iconic

N = Never-Ending

T = Trustful

Mehr bracht man nicht zu sagen oder wissen. Richtig?

 

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Zum Autor

Andreas Weber  begleitet als Wissensarbeiter/Advisor die Kommunikation mit Medien — geprägt durch eine Vorliebe für Print-Innovationen im Digitalzeitalter.

Bis dato hat er über 550 Innovations-/Transformations-Projekten realisiert, diverse Lehraufträge wahrgenommen (u.a an der School of Visual Arts/NYC, Hochschule Liechtenstein, Hochschule RheinMain) und Vorträge in über 30 Ländern gehalten.

Sein Blog valuetrendradar.com (ISSN-zertifiziert) inspiriert Entscheider aus mehr als 160 Ländern. Seit Sommer 2019 findet auch sein neuer Blog „#HotspotSubscription — The Renewal of Print“ bei Innovationsexperten weltweit Beachtung.

https://valuetrendradar.com
https://hotspot-subscription.blog

 

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Exzellent in Aufmachung und Inhalt: Andreas Weber präsentiert sein persönliches Expemplar (Nummer 168) der The-Power-of-Print-Metaanalyse. Foto: Andreas Weber

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Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Vorstand und Chief Digital Officer der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, gab am 12. Dezember 2017 im Team mit Tom Oelsner, SVP Sales Excellence, den Start für die Vermarktung von Heidelberg Assistant bekannt. Foto: Heidelberg.

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

—Link zur englischen Fassung—

Think global, act local — Diese Devise könnte nunmehr auch für Druckereien – kleine wie große – gelten: Egal wo der Inhaber/Manager sich aufhält: per Smartphone, Tablet oder PC wird es jederzeit über den Heidelberg Assistant als neuartige, Browser-basierte  Plattform möglich, alle wichtigen Abläufe und Prozessschritte im eigenen Unternehmen und nicht nur im Drucksaal zu überwachen und zu steuern. Hinzu kommen viele neue Möglichkeiten, etwa das eigene Unternehmen im Vergleich zu sehen mit anderen. Und alles was es braucht, um die Produktionsmittel am Laufen zu halten, erfolgt automatisch. Vom technischen Service/der Wartung, bis zur Materialbestellung. Diese neuartige Form des integrierten Betriebsmanagements ist nunmehr Realität und beschleunigt die Fahrt auf der „Digital Transformation Journey“ aufs Beste. Heidelberg selbst transformiert dabei sein Maschinenbaugeschäft in der Weise, ein zeitgemäß-innovativer Plattformbetreiber für die Druckbranche zu sein.

Die Faktenlage: Serienstart von Heidelberg Assistant in vier Ländern

Der Heidelberg Assistant geht marktreif an den Start. Damit ist laut Heidelberg die Basis geschaffen, um das Geschäft mit Printproduktionen aller Art auf eine neue Ebene zu heben. Das Ziel lautet, die Zusammenarbeit von Heidelberg als Lieferant mit tausenden seiner Druckerei-Kunden auf allen Ebenen nahtlos digital gestalten zu können. Pilotmärkte sind Deutschland, Schweiz, die USA und Kanada. Über 30 Kunden aus sechs Ländern waren in die Entwicklung involviert, flankiert von 400 Kundenbefragungen — vor allem auch in China. Der Clou: Der integrierte Plattform-Ansatz macht auch im klassischen Druck ganz neue Betreibermodelle und eCommerce Angebote möglich, damit sich Druckereien ganz auf ihr Kerngeschäft konzentrieren können. Gleichzeitig kann man in Bezug auf Heidelberg langfristig von höheren Umsätzen im Servicebereich und bei Verbrauchsmaterialien ausgehen. Die Basisversion des Heidelberg Assistant ist für Kunden kostenlos und wird sicher über eine individuelle Heidelberg-ID geregelt.

„Mit dem Heidelberg Assistant digitalisieren wir die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kunden. Die daraus gewonnen Erkenntnisse sind Voraussetzung für den Aufbau unserer neuen digitalen Geschäftsmodelle und beschleunigen die digitale Transformation des Unternehmens“, legt Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Vorstand Heidelberg Services und Chief Digital Officer, dar.

 

Video: Heidelberg

 


 

Im Detail geht es laut Unternehmensangaben um folgendes:

  1. Digitale Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kunden über den gesamten Lifecycle — Heidelberg Assistant ermöglicht Kunden einen reibungslosen Ablauf ihrer Prozesse bzw. den smarten und effizienten Betrieb ihrer Druckerei.
    Vorteile: Anwender erhalten einen Gesamtüberblick über den Service- und Wartungsstatus ihrer Druckerei inklusive datengestützter Ausfallvorhersage. Zudem sollen Nutzer durch den Zugriff auf die größte Wissensdatenbank der Branche von neuen Performancedienstleistungen profitieren, mit denen sie das Potenzial ihrer gesamten Wertschöpfungskette möglichst vollständig ausnutzen können. Der Zugang zu Big-Data-Performance-Analysen soll weitere Potenziale zur Produktivitätssteigerung bieten.
    Zusatznutzen: Heidelberg kann mit dem Assistant seine bereits eingeführten Big-Data-Anwendungen wie Predictive Monitoring und Performance Consulting weiter im Markt skalieren.
  2. Digitalisierung der Servicekette — Persönlicher Zugang mit Echtzeitzugang zu Wissensdatenbank und Service.
    Vorteile: Kunden erhalten einen sicheren und persönlichen Zugang zum Heidelberg Assistant und können so alle Informationen, wie Status bzw. Produktivität ihrer Maschinen oder über in Anspruch genommenen Dienstleistungen rund um ihr Unternehmen überall und jederzeit abrufen.
    Zusatznutzen: Beispielsweise sind Softwareupdates, vorausschauende Wartungsmeldungen oder das Vertragsmanagement und ein Rechnungsüberblick im System möglich.
  3. Smartes eCommerce-Angebot bis hin zu neuen Geschäftsmodellen — Der Heidelberg Assistant bietet einen direkten Zugriff auf den neuen Heidelberg eShop (www.shop.heidelberg.com).
    Vorteile: Durch diese Verbindung entsteht eine smarte eCommerce-Lösung, da Produkte nach Kundeninstallation und bedarf individuell empfohlen werden können.
    Zusatznutzen: Verbrauchsmaterialien und ausgewählte Serviceteile werden in der Regel innerhalb von 24 Stunden geliefert.

 

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Foto: Heidelberg.

Das zusätzliche Highlight: Neue Formen für Betreibermodelle

Heidelberg sieht die Digitalisierung vor allem auch als Basis für neue digitale Geschäftsmodelle. Hierfür werden gemäß Unternehmensangaben zwei Bereiche angeführt, die jeweils dem Win-Win-Prinzip folgen:

  1. Big Data: Die umfangreiche Datenanalyse aus der weltweit installierten und vernetzten Basis an Maschinen und Software ermöglicht Heidelberg den Aufbau neuer digitaler Geschäftsmodelle. Insgesamt profitieren Kunden und Heidelberg von der Auswertung einer Datenbasis von über 10.000 angeschlossenen Maschinen- und über 15.000 Softwaresystemen.
    Vorteile: Daraus kann laut Heidelberg ein auf den exakten Bedarf des Kunden und seiner gesamten Wertschöpfungskette zugeschnittenes Angebot bestehend aus Equipment, Software Verbrauchsmaterialien und Service erstellt werden
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  2. Subscription: Betreibermodelle, bei denen Heidelberg mit Kunden einen fixen Preis für den bedruckten Bogen vereinbart, werden auf dieser Grundlage möglich. Heidelberg stellt dafür alle notwendigen Betriebsmittel zur Verfügung.
    Vorteile: Der Kunde kann sich voll auf die Vermarktung seines Angebots konzentrieren. Vor dem Hintergrund einer wachsenden Anzahl von Kunden, die sich für ein Betreibermodell entscheiden, ist von steigenden Umsätzen auszugehen, bei Kunden wie bei Heidelberg.

 


Nachgefragt per ValueDialog — Tom Oelsner, Leiter Sales Excellence bei Heidelberg, stand beim Produkt-Launch von Heidelberg Assistant Rede und Antwort.

Sie haben ein echtes Mammut-Projekt gestemmt. Im Team mit über 30 Pilotkunden. Was waren dabei die größten Herausforderungen?

Tom Oelsner: Die größte Herausforderung bestand darin, einen interaktiven agilen Designprozess im Dialog mit ausgewählten internationalen Kunden zu schaffen und zielführend unsere digitalen Entwicklungen nach vorne zu bringen. Durch die Vorstellung des Heidelberg Assistant als Prototyp auf der drupa 2016 konnten wir bereits viel Kundenfeedback sammeln. Ein eigens zusammengestelltes Team erweiterte auf dieser Basis gemeinsam mit Kunden die Plattform, um sich hundertprozentig am Tagesbedarf der beteiligten Kundenmitarbeiter (vom Print-Operator über den Betriebsleiter, Einkäufer etc. sowie die  Geschäftsführung) zu orientieren. Dabei wurden über agile Entwicklung diese Erweiterungen schnell ausgestaltet und greifbar gemacht, die dann sehr rasch zur Diskussion und für weitere Tests bereit standen.

Welche Kriterien/Aspekte waren und sind für Ihre Kunden am Wichtigsten?

Tom Oelsner: Der Heidelberg Assistant begleitet den Kunden über den gesamten Lebenszyklus des Produkts. Es geht um industrielle Produktion, daher sind Maschinenverfügbarkeit und Produktivität die wichtigsten Ziele. Somit nehmen die Themen rund um Service und Wartung eine herausragende Stellung ein. Mit Fragen wie: Wann kommt welcher Techniker, wann welche Materialien etc. Grundsätzlich sind in den verschiedenen Produktionsbereichen, die unsere Kunden abbilden, Differenzierungen vorzunehmen, die auch vom Unternehmenstyp und von der Firmen-/Mitarbeiterstruktur abhängen. Es galt z. B. herauszufinden, ob es Vollzeit Einkäufer oder Doppel- und Mehrfachfunktionen in den Betrieben gibt, damit wir sicherstellen können, dass alle involvierten Mitarbeiter adäquat für ihre spezifischen Aufgaben durch ihren Plattform-Account unterstützt werden und sich wieder finden. Dadurch lösen wir komplexe Anforderungen und stellen einen maßgeschneiderten Rollen-/Aufgaben-spezifischen Umgang mit Heidelberg-Assistant sicher, der durch eigene Sub-Accounts ausdifferenziert werden kann.

Was ist für Sie persönlich das Spannendste an dem Projekt? Und wie wird es sich weiterentwickeln?

Tom Oelsner: Das Spannendste ist, dass erstmals eine Plattform mit einer Vielzahl von Interaktions-Möglichkeiten in Echtzeit entsteht. Damit erfüllen wir die Anforderungen der Platform-Economy und portieren diese in transparenter Form auf das Print-Produktions-Geschäft. Das Kunden-Feedback ist ausgezeichnet, mögliche Akzeptanzschwellen werden rasch überwunden. Die Weiterentwicklung vollziehen wir in drei Richtungen.

1. Reichweite: Weitere Kunden in den vier Pilot-Ländern ansprechen, um dort möglichst viele, am besten alle Heidelberg-Kunden einzubeziehen, sowie für die Plattform-Nutzung weitere Ländern erschließen wie Japan und China.

2. Produkt-Integration: Bis dato sind alle Produkte von Heidelberg-bereits integriert, aber noch nicht in gleicher Tiefe. Nach und nach wollen wir den Leistungsumfang für alle Heidelberg- und OEM-Produkte erweitern und beispielsweise die Ausfallvorhersage auch über Sheetfed-Maschinen hinaus anbieten..

3. Innovation: Derzeit haben wir über 200 neue Ideen aus den Teams, die wir auf technische Machbarkeit und Wirtschaftlichkeit prüfen und in neue Releases einarbeiten. Das nächste Release der jetzigen Fassung Heidelberg Assistant 1 kommt bereits im März 2018, weitere werden dann durch extrem schnelle Zyklen alle drei Monate folgen.

Übrigens: Der Zuspruch intern bei Heidelberg, also aus der Kollegenbasis, ist fantastisch. Das alles zusammen macht große Freude und zeigt, dass wir auf dem richtigen Weg sind, die digitale Transformation Wirklichkeit werden zu lassen.

Vielen Dank für das informative Gespräch!


 

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Zur Person

Tom Oelsner studierte an der Technischen Universität Dresden und schloss als Diplom-Informatiker ab. Seit 1990 war er für Linotype-Hell AG in verschiedenen Software-Entwicklungsbereichen/-Funktionen tätig. Seit 2002 entwickelte er als Program-Manager für Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG die Remote Services/Heidelberg Cloud; 2008 wurde er Vice President Enterprise & Services und seit Oktober 2010 treibt er als SVP Sales Excellence Digitalisierungsprojekte für Heidelberg und seine Kunden voran.

 


 

Heidelberg, MPS in Obersulm and the publisher of turi2 edition selected the most important media persons in Germany for a unique, masscustomized cover page for a printed magazine. In total a number of 1,241. All together delivered as “pixels” a complete portrait of each single candidate printed on Primefire106. — One of those media VIPs was Andreas Weber, Head of Value, Frankfurt am Main/Germany.


Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 24 November 2017

Welcome to a roundup of just 16 articles at the end of a quiet week for news, which tapered out almost completely by Friday. You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog discussing the increasingly difficult problems encountered in successful paper recycling, as inks and coatings continue to change quite rapidly in their formulations and content. Rather like chasing moving goal posts.

Key news this week includes a more than £2-million pound spend by Taylor Bloxham of Leicester, UK on a new highly-spec’d Rapida 106 from Koenig & Bauer on Tuesday; while on Wednesday Wrap Cube became the first UK company to use 3M’s 780mC Reflective Wrapping Film, supplied by Spandex (you must see the photographs to appreciate why this gets a mention); and on Thursday,

Heidelberg celebrated the world premiere of the Primefire 106 with packaging printers from all over Europe at MPS-WestRock in Obersulm near Heilbronn, Germany at the beginning of November; and Scodix announces the start of its commercial roll-out of the E106 Digital Enhancement Press at an Open House, from 4 – 6 December at Gundlach Packaging Group’s facility in Oerlinghausen, Germany.


See as well the real-time report by Andreas Weber: “Value Check: Very well done — World Premiere of Heidelberg Primefire106 at MPS Multi Packaging Solutions in Germany”


To end the week on a high note, we had just one article from InPrint on Friday announcing that last week’s show in Munich ended with positive results. The next InPrint will take place in Milan at the end of 2018, before returning to Munich at the end of 2019.

That’s it until next time. There’s more to explore if you check out the headlines carefully, including the British Book Design and Production Awards winners on Monday; and some sound advice from Charl Vogel at Ricoh South Africa on Tuesday.

My best regards

Mike Hilton



e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and our drupa Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides an overview of the week’s news each weekend.

Headline News
Almost 30,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation pages

Week beginning Mon 20 November – the published date appears in article footline

Monday
British Book Design & Production Awards winners 2017
The BPIF announces the winners of the 2017 British Book Design and Production Awards, held on 16 November in central London…

UPM supporting learning with Save the Children
UPM supports schooling opportunities of young people at risk of social exclusion due to poverty…

Tonejet unveiled Cyclone at InPrint 2017 in Munich
Tonejet Cyclone unites patented technologies to eliminate long lead times and minimum print runs for cans…

Neschen expands portfolio with EcoLam 1650
The perfect introduction to high-end print finishing…

Tuesday
How some commercial printers get hamstrung over new kit
Some commercial printers who invest in new production equipment don’t necessarily get the returns they reasonably expect says Charl Vogel, head of Commercial and Industrial print at Ricoh SA…

At Ricoh’s ‘Art of the New’ event in Telford, UK today…
Latest version Ricoh ProcessDirector v3.6 introduces white paper manufacturing to streamline production…

Taylor Bloxham switches to Koenig and Bauer Rapida
Taylor Bloxham invests in new generation, high performance Rapida 106 from Koenig and Bauer, replacing two machines…

Harlow Printing invests in StitchLiner Mark III
South Shields operation future-proofs business with newest next-generation Horizon StitchLiner from IFS…

Wednesday
3M’s Reflective Wrapping Film now available in UK
Wrap Cube is first UK company to use 3M’s 780mC Reflective Wrapping Film, supplied by Spandex…

Label Academy publishes new industry textbooks
The Label Academy has extended its book series with the publication of two new reference books, ‘Shrink Sleeve Technology’ and ‘Label Markets and Applications’…

Acuity investment sparks year of growth for Art & Servei
Spanish packaging and POS printer looks back on a year of increased productivity and faster customer delivery times…

Storbildsbolaget adds EFI Vutek FabriVU 340
Swedish large-format specialist makes the switch to EFI Vutek FabriVU to meet growing soft signage print volumes…

Thursday
World premiere of Heidelberg Primefire 106 at MPS
Heidelberg celebrates the world premiere of the Primefire 106 with packaging printers from all over Europe at MPS-WestRock in Obersulm near Heilbronn, Germany at the beginning of November…

Scodix E106 press available from December 2017
Scodix starts commercial roll-out of its E106 Digital Enhancement Press at an Open House from 4 – 6 December at Gundlach Packaging Group’s facility in Oerlinghausen, Germany…

Sign & Digital UK to return to the NEC in 2018
Sign & Digital UK announces increase in exhibitor presence for the 2018event, from 24 – 26 April 2018

Friday   
Third InPrint in Germany ended with positive results
InPrint is now firmly established as the premier exhibition for print applications in industrial production…

The lead article from a week last Friday…

Easymatrix 106 die-cutter #100 to ship in December
The Easymatrix 106 die-cutter allows value-added products to be brought in house at Salzland Druck in Staßfurt…


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Online Feature articles 2017
Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

ValueDialog 2017

Previous…      #InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value…

Online Features Nov/Dec Chapter 08

Previous…      BPIF Printing Outlook for Q4 2017 available now
Pick-up in output and orders despite a fluctuating Q3 – cost pressures and uncertainty shakes confidence for Q4…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Recycling Paper Getting Complicated
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 20 Nov

Previous…      New Standard supporting the environmental impact of print
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 13 Nov

Drupa Newsroom

Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017 and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into Chapters for your convenience…just scroll down to view each Chapter

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…     Intelligent Printing in Focus
All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

The Graphic Repro On-line is supported and sponsored by:
Drupa 2020,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, and  Kemtek Imaging Systems

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 20 October 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 25 news items (actually 36 if you count the InPrint collection of 12 on Wednesday all rolled into one). You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog titled Eco-nomy’, which this week looks at how the marriage of ecology and economics is becoming increasingly obvious and necessary for business. As a result, developers are constantly moving to offer technologies that reduce product life cycle footprints, as well as perform more efficiently for their customers. Then we have Andreas Weber back in Online Features with his latest piece: #InfluenceB2B — Transformation for the Digital Age. Please don’t miss them.

Good news this week has been rather difficult to come by at times, after last week’s multiple events which gave it a welcome boost. However, there have been some interesting announcements and developments. Heidelberg led the headlines on Monday as it successfully recertified all of its worldwide locations to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management; while Xeikon has discontinued development of its Trillium liquid toner programme announced at drupa last year. On Tuesday, Ricoh South Africa took the lead with digitalisation in the fore at its new demo facility in Johannesburg; and on Wednesday, InPrint news took the first three spots for a dozen of its exhibitors, including Heidelberg with personalisation as a megatrend, as it prepares to showcase its digital 4D printing solutions for the automotive industry; and then we h ad Sun Chemical on Friday, which also announced its IPEX offerings the day prior.

On Thursday, Smithers Pira brought Heidelberg back into the lead, following its most recent report on leading makes of second-hand presses, which reveals that Heidelberg presses are the most productive in the industry – up to a staggering 66% more productive – producing the lowest cost per sheet. The report is available to download from a link in the article, so you can see for yourself. And to round off the week on Friday, Canon Europe has achieved Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for its Océ Arizona UV inks and Océ Colorado UVgel inks.

You’ll find quite a mixed bag of news in addition to the above if you check out the headlines carefully, including more post-Labelexpo successes from Mouvent, and MPS; as well as post World Publishing Expo from Kodak, which debuted new News CTP offerings, improved newspaper plates and its high-speed inkjet additions for newspaper presses.

Sales and installations this week include Ultragraph with Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK; while Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, has chosen a Goss Sunday 5000. On Tuesday, Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio has increased productivity by 30% with a new Stahlfolder TH 82-P with pallet feeder; and Dome in Sacramento, California has undertaken a multimillion-dollar investment in a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 and Rapida 205; while six months on from its Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press in the UK confirms its progress. On Wednesday, Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues its modernisation with a new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer. Thursday saw LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany invest in a FlexLiner inserting system from Muller Martini; and on Friday MP S celebrates the double sale of its hybrid EF Symjet press at Labelexpo in Brussels; and last but not least, Rengel Printing in St Cloud, Minnesota has more than doubled output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater.

What else? New kit from Duplo UK on Tuesday as it adds Esper direct mail solutions to its other brands portfolio; and a tailender from Manroland Web Systems on Thursday, as its introduced MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet at WPE in Berlin.

That’s all until next time.
My best regards

Mike Hilton

 


 

 


e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and our drupa Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides an overview of the week’s news each weekend. 


Headline News


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Week beginning Mon 16 October – the published date appears in article footline

Monday
Heidelberg locations worldwide recertified to ISO

Heidelberg successfully recertified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management… 

Xeikon terminates Trillium liquid toner programme
First demonstrated at drupa 2016, the technology has encountered several challenges in bringing it to market commercially… 

Sign & Digital UK back at the NEC next year
New visitor research inspires growth for Sign & Digital UK, returning to the NEC, Birmingham 24 to 26 April 2018… 

Ultragraph opens up new business with a Versafire CP
Ultragraph has replaced a HP Indigo 5600 with a Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK and is winning new business… 

Sunday 5000 press scheduled for Gotha Druck in 2018
Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, chooses Goss Sunday 5000 to expand portfolio… 

Tuesday
Ricoh SA offers a window into the digitalised future

Ricoh SA has created a new demo facility at its Linbro Business Park offices in Johannesburg, South Africa to provide a window into the digitalised office of the future… 

Hopkins increases productivity with Stahlfolder TH 82-P
Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio increases productivity by 30% with new Stahlfolder TH 82-P pallet feeder… 

Dome Sacramento chooses two Koenig & Bauer presses
Multimillion-dollar investment in Rapida 106 and Rapida 205 sends strong message of momentous growth strategy… 

Kingfisher Press’s Jet Press 720S provides growth
Six months on from Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press adds new customers and boosts revenue… 

Duplo expands direct mail solutions portfolio
Duplo expands direct mail portfolio with Esper DM-230V Pro Collator and the DM Mini Collation system…

Wednesday
InPrint 2017 Exhibitors’ top stories
Announcements for InPrint in Munich from Bochonow Maschinenbau Polar UV, ColorGATE. Fujifilm UK, Gardner Denver Thomas, GEW, Heidelberg, Dr. Hönle, Hymmen, Memcon, Ushio Europe, Wemhöner Surface Technologies, and EPS with Xaar… 

Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry… 

Tonejet direct-to-can at InPrint Munich 2017
Tonejet brings direct-to-can electro-static drop-on-demand digital printing to InPrint Munich, from 14 – 16 November… 

Game changing Mouvent impresses at Labelexpo 2017
Mouvent enjoys sensational debut at Labelexpo 2017 with its groundbreaking digital print innovations… 

Rapida 106 8-colour for Bialostockie Zaklady Graficzne
Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues modernisation with new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer… 

Thursday
Heidelberg up to 66% more productive: Smithers Pira
New report from Smithers Pira reveals Heidelberg presses are most productive in the industry and produce lowest cost per sheet… 

Kodak’s extended News CTP portfolio and more at WPE
Kodak helps newspapers achieve more productivity, cost benefits and sustainability at IFRA World Publishing Expo 2017… 

The Manroland Web Systems’ MainPad
Manroland Web Maintellisense takes the next step, with MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet… 

Sun Chemical offers brighter ideas for low-energy printing
At IPEX 2017, Sun Chemical to present latest innovations for sheetfed commercial and packaging and narrow web label markets… 

A leap ahead with the Muller Martini FlexLiner
LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany, has invested in a cost-cutting FlexLiner inserting system… 

Friday    
Canon Achieves UL Greenguard Gold Certification
Canon Europe achieves Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for Océ Arizona UV and Colorado UVgel inks… 

#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value… 

MPS reports highly successful Labelexpo Europe
MPS launches real-time ‘talk to me’ connectivity platform and celebrates double sale of its hybrid EF SYMJET at Labelexpo 2017… 

Sun Chemical’s unique product range at InPrint 2017
Sun Chemical demonstrates the breadth of its capability in Industrial print applications at InPrint 2017 in Munich… 

Rengel adds new Speedmaster SX 52 with Prinect
Rengel Printing more than doubles output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater… 

The lead articles from a week last Friday…

Muller Martini at the WAN Ifra WPE in Berlin

Exciting look into the mailroom with a pair of VR glasses… 

The success of the Manroland e:line family continues
Styria Media Group and Vorländer have decided for a series of the new Manroland Web Systems newspaper printing class… 

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(ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

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drupa 2020 
(drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You can also visit blog.drupa.comfor the latest industry news and developments.

 

Online Feature articles 2017
Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

VaueDialogue 2017

#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value…

Previous…      ValueDialog: Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation
Heidelberg verified at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, #IAA2017 what Dr. Ulrich Hermann pointed out in the ValueDialog:…

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017 Munich
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry…

Previous…      Every second counts at FLYERALARM
Rapida 145: Complete job changes in just two minutes…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Eco-nomy
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 16 Oct

Previous…      LED Fever
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 09 Sep

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017 and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into Chapters for your convenience… just scroll down to view each Chapter

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…   
  Intelligent Printing in Focus
All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

The Graphic Repro On-line is supported and sponsored by: 
Drupa 2020,  
 Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, and Kemtek Imaging Systems

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

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http://www.graphicrepro.net

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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 06 October 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 25 news items. You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog titled ‘Sustainability reporting on the rise’, which this week takes a look at the increase in the number of companies making a serious effort to report their sustainability credentials. You will also find two lavishly illustrated Online Features – a little belatedly – from Koenig & Bauer on its new corporate identity, which looks back for the future and also on its 200 years celebrations held with customers and special guests in Würzburg last month.

The week’s news comprises a very mixed bag with lots of interest in so many different areas, please explore for yourself and choose whatever takes your fancy. Of particular note, leading the headlines on Tuesday, is Two Sides with the release of its international survey ‘Print and Paper in a Digital World’ available for download from the TwoSides Website.

On Thursday, leading the headlines is Gareth Ward’s article titled, ‘Labelexpo underlines claim to lead industry development’, as the label industry once again convened in Brussels last week with plenty to confirm the health of the sector by way of innovation and business. There are also a couple of extremely positive post-show reports from Hybrid Software and GSE. You’ll find pre-event news for Viscom Italy from Ricoh with the launch of its first large-format UV flatbed press; FESPA Eurasia in Istanbul, IPEX at the NEC in the UK, the World Publishing Expo in Berlin; the Frankfurt Book Fair; and TheIJC 2017 in Neuss.

Successful sales and installations this week came from Heidelberg USA with two Versafires at Simpsons in Dakota; X-Rite at Coveris UK; from Esko at Permapack, following Hybrid Press Support within Esko’s Automation Engine workflow. Then Muller Martini with the world’s first Diamant MC Digital Book of One bookline at NBD Biblion in The Netherlands; and lastly from Core Image in East Kilbride, as it takes its first Stahlfolder from Heidelberg UK.

My tailender this week goes to Ricoh, as it opens its new Briefing Centre and invites clients, partners and organisations to co-create at its Telford facility in the UK.

That’s it from me until next time,

My best regards

Mike Hilton


 


 

e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and our drupa Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides an overview of the week’s news each weekend. 

 

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Headline News

Almost 30,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation pages

Week beginning Mon 02 October – the published date appears in article footline

Monday

Koenig & Bauer at WPE 2017 in Berlin

With a new corporate design and extended service portfolio… 

Frey Plus in Ulm holds direct marketing open house

Open house at Frey Plus: lower costs and healthy sleep thanks to ‘Hilde’ and ‘Hektor’ Muller Martini MailLiners… 

Horizon FoldLiner joins IFS portfolio

New solution streamlines saddle stitched production… 

Simpsons chooses Versafires in digital press update

Simpsons Printing continues 10 years of expansion with a move to new Heidelberg Versafire digital presses… 

Coveris UK adopts X-Rite ColorCert and eXact Scan

Company to extend closed-loop colour management to its UK flexible packaging plants as label manufacturing standard… 

Tuesday

Print and Paper Packs a Punch in a Digital World

The results of an international survey by Two Sides provides unique insight into how print and paper is viewed, preferred and trusted by consumers around the globe… 

EFI acquires Escada Systems in UK and US

EFI extends offering for the corrugated packaging market… 

Ricoh’s first UV large-format flatbed printer

Ricoh enters industrial market with Ricoh Pro T7210 large-format UV flatbed launch at Viscom Italia 12 to 14 October… 

Creative Edge iC3D v5.0 breaks new ground realism

Latest release from Creative Edge Software adds greater luxury factor at Luxe Pack Monaco 2017… 

Nazdar Ink Technologies at TheIJC 2017

Nazdar to present latest developments and future innovations of inkjet at TheIJC 2017 in October… 

Wednesday

Mondi at the Frankfurt Book Fair 11 – 15 October

Mondi to exhibit its wide range of professional paper solutions for book printing from 11 to 15 October in Frankfurt… 

Tolerans to debut stitching solutions at WPE in Berlin

New Tolerans FLOWLINER revolutionary in-line stitcher for quarter-folded products now in operation in Sweden… 

BPIF to provide free support advice at IPEX

Print industry experts BPIF to provide advice and support free of charge to IPEX 2017 attendees at the NEC… 

Duplo DuSense sensory coater launch set for IPEX

The DuSense DDC-810 sensory coater to be launched at IPEX at the NEC Birmingham, from 31 October to 3 November…  

IFS to host Taurus 520 SF 4×4 launch at IPEX

Sophisticated double-sided laminator ideal for high volumes…  

Thursday

Labelexpo underlines claim to lead industry development

The label industry once again convened in Brussels last week with plenty to confirm the health of the sector by way of innovation and business. By Gareth Ward… 

GSE enjoyed a successful Labelexpo

GSE achieves seven ink dispensing machine sales and acclaim for Ink manager software at Labelexpo Europe… 

Ricoh opens briefing centre at Telford facility

Clients, partners and organisations are all invited to co-create at Ricoh’s new briefing centre in the UK… 

Esko makes hybrid printing a piece of cake

Permapack experiences faster and more secure print workflow with Hybrid Press Support within Automation Engine… 

Muller Martini Diamant MC enhances book conversion

The world’s first Diamant MC Digital Book of One bookline at NBD Biblion enhances its service for libraries… 

Friday    

Exhibitors show commitment to FESPA Eurasia 2017

FESPA Eurasia 2017 will take place at CNR Expo, Istanbul, from 7 – 10 December and continues to demonstrate its importance… 

Future Skills programme at IPEX 2017 later this month

IPEX announces its ‘Future Skills’ programme, providing a platform to discuss the print industries skills agenda… 

Three Compacta 818 web presses for the EDS Group

Leading print provider Euro-Druckservice invests in Koenig & Bauer technology for Vác/Hungary and Poznan/Poland… 

Hybrid Software had record week at Labelexpo

Hybrid Software’s commitment to innovation was validated strongly at Labelexpo 2017 with ?1.2 million sales… 

Core Image takes its first Stahlfolder from Heidelberg UK

East Kilbride printer says the arrival of a Stahlfolder Ti52 completes a relentless period of investment… 

The lead articles from a week last Friday…

Canon SA captivates at FESPA Africa 2017

Canon was the star of the show at the African region’s largest dedicated print and signage exhibition… 

Lightning Printers speeds up production with Xerox

The Port Shepstone-based South African company has advanced its digital printing capabilities with a Xerox Versant 80… 

GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information. 

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You can also visit blog.drupa.comfor the latest industry news and developments. 

Online Feature articles 2017 

Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

Koenig & Bauer: Successful anniversary week on 200th birthday

Former German Federal President Horst Köhler and three key industry CEOs as speakers at the Open Day, when 650 guests from all over the world attended the official ceremony… 

200 years Koenig & Bauer: The future needs an origin

With clear strategy and new market appearance Koening & Bauer enters into its third Century, as it looks back to the future, with confidence…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Sustainability reporting on the rise

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 02 Oct

Previous…      UL Greenguard Certification is Important

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 25 Sep

Drupa Newsroom

Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017 and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into Chapters for your convenience… just scroll down to view each Chapter

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…     Intelligent Printing in Focus

All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection:: 

drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

 


The Graphic Repro On-line is supported and sponsored by: 

Drupa 2020,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, andKemtek Imaging Systems

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

Our Website urls are: 

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za

http://www.graphicrepro.net


GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.netPO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com


 

 

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Interview by Tiago Keese, Journalist, São Paulo, Brazil

Andreas Weber, Head of Value, talks about his POV and his keynote presentation at The Congresso Internacional de Tecnologia Gráfica hosted by ABTG on 24 August 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil.

Note: Click to access the interview in português language.

 


At a glance

  • Nevertheless, even today printing technology is driving the transformation of our lives, our business world, our society.
  • Print technology is a main driver of innovation and transformation.
  • The Internet/Social Media and print are best friends. And Internet technologies profited from printing technology inventions
  • Some of my favorite print application innovations got developed by Internet and Social Media savvys.
  • In the digital age you have to re-position yourself, your business idea and your production capabilities in the right way to be a valuable transformation partner. 
  • From a holistic point of view printers could become transformers if they are able to convert the outcome and benefit of new technologies into valuable customer solutions to fulfill needs.
  • Innovative printing companies need to transform their production business into a sustainable and future oriented marketing solution provider business to hit market and customer needs.

 

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  • What is the importance of a meeting to discuss technology and innovation such as the International Congress of Graphic Technology?

Andreas Weber: The Congress Internacional de Tecnologia Gráfica hosted by ABTG will have a great impact on the whole industry and its customers. It is important to bundle different visions, opinions and talents to master the change and to get ready for transformation. To meet in person enables to reach the best network effects you can get. I am proud to be part of a best-in-class speaker team! It will be my pleasure and honor to blog about it to share all those upcoming news from Brazil with my global network.

  • Is it possible to affirm that the graphic arts industry has been evolving technologically, being attentive to the great technological innovations of society?

Andreas Weber: Since Gutenberg’s invention and that means since more than 600 years graphic arts is always right at the cutting edge of technology innovation to support our society, economy and culture. And even today printing technology is nevertheless driving the transformation of our lives, our business world, our society. All the leading innovators from Silicon Valley admire the spirit of Gutenberg. Even a current book is dedicated to „Gutenberg the Geek“ to showcase his spirit to innovate our communication technologies and to transform the world. (See my research results and comment: „Print is dead? Long live print!“).

  • Is the internet an ally of printing?

Andreas Weber: The Internet and print are best friends. And Internet technologies profited from printing technology inventions. Because printing technology development since the 1980s took the lead to make all those huge amounts of data available and distributable. Think about TCP/IP protocol, desktop publishing, Postscript/PDF and so on. Today, the internet usage is key to run a print service business. Specially the Online Print sector as a fast growing market shows how useful it could be to combine internet and print knowledge. By the way: some of my favorite print application innovations got developed by Internet and Social Media savvys. Think about apps to print your Instagram and Facebook content. Just with one click. Those inventors like PastBook’s Founder & CEO Stefano Cutello know exactly that print helps to convert the virtual into reality. His motto sounds great: “Relive Your Memories. Automagically Created for You!” He worked for ebay before he founded PastBook as an international App-to-print start-up only a couple of years ago. (See my report and interview).

 

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  • How can printers use the innovations and marketing trends in their favor?

Andreas Weber: Current marketing trends are based on innovation and driven by technology. And as I mentioned print technology is a main driver of innovation and transformation. So from a holistic point of view printers could become transformers if they are able to convert the outcome and benefit of new technologies into valuable customer solutions to fulfill current and future needs.

  • How important is it for the printer to fully understand all the features available on the device (printer, software, etc.) that he has at his/her disposal?

Andreas Weber: Crucial is to make the right choice: which technologies and what kind of new features fits to my purpose and strategic goal? In the past, almost any decision was made to invest in equipment and production tools to optimize what you already did before. In the digital age you have to re-position yourself, your business idea and your production capabilities in the right way to be a valuable transformation partner. Therefor you have to gain knowledge, you have to streamline your processes and you have to be able to enhance your creativity to get the ‚digital‘ link to your customer properly in a sustainable way. Last but not least, to reach that point a printer has to identify the right technology partner on the vendor side to get the best support and realtime services. So its not only about hard- and software anymore. I. E. it will be more important to find a way to print HTML data than to learn how InDesign or PhotoShop works.

  • How important is the exchange of information and practices between European and Latin American markets?

Andreas Weber: 15 years ago I had the honor to make a business trip to Brazil to get great insights in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. I learned a lot to admire the culture and power of Brazil as an emerging, very smart and creative country inspiring other Latin American countries. It was right at that moment when ad agencies from Brazil started to become champions in the worldwide creative community. And I recognized that the printing community in Brazil and other countries in Latin America made profit out of those creative ideas. We discussed at that time the disruptiv impact of the Internet and Online Communication on the newspaper and media business. I figured out that what they did in Brazil was right at the cutting edge! And that seems to be so different compared to Europe and specially Germany with mature markets anyway where people are more or less in a defensive position to keep them self on a high level. That means the exchange of information, practices and experiences is very, very important. BTW: I am glad to have Hamilton Terni Costa as a good old friend and colleague. Since more than 10 years we meet all over the world. We discuss our observations and exchange our view on the latest technologies. At drupa we always met and Hamilton introduced me to his contacts from Latin America joining him. So, on August 24th, 2017 I will be proud to meet all those experts and attendees of the ABTG Congresso to extent my network.

  • What are the main topics of your speech?

Andreas Weber: My key message is quite simple but tough at the same time! — ”If you want to benefit from innovation to strengthen your marketing success you have to be able to understand and to handle transformation in the digital age properly.“ — That means: Innovative printing companies need to transform their production business into a sustainable and future oriented marketing solution provider business to hit market and customer needs. And they have to understand how to support their customers to transform their marketing as well in a sustainable, profitable way.

In my Keynote the attendees will learn:

  • Secrets of Transformation
  • Impact on Print / Graphic Communications
  • Learn from the best (selected cases)
  • Guidelines to create a win-win-win momentum

OBRIGADO! — TX for the great conversation. See you in São Paulo.

 

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NOTE: See as well our exclusive interview with Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: “Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation”. Dedicated to the ABTG Congress attendees on 24 August 2017.

 

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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (#Heideldruck for short) is in the ascendancy, growing sustainably and profitably while other companies such as HP, Xerox, Ricoh, and Canon are being forced to restructure and/or consolidate. This appears to be nothing out of the ordinary looking back on over 150 years of a company steeped in tradition, but look more closely and it’s a different story. Heideldruck claims it was the only printing press company to record a significant improvement in incoming orders over the past financial year in the period during and after drupa. But it certainly won’t be resting on its laurels – quite the opposite, in fact. Entirely new growth segments for the sector are being identified and approached proactively, with Heideldruck mutating into an “agile” company.

“Over the next five years, Heidelberg will once again become a leading light in the sector, enjoying strong growth and profits. We’ve defined the relevant success factors and have already introduced initial measures. This marks the start of a new era of growth for Heidelberg,” said the company’s CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer.

 


ValueCheck by Andreas Weber with Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

 


 

Hundsdörfer also had the following to say: “The Heidelberg Digital Technology (HDT) and Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) sectors were established on April 1, 2017 to prepare for the company’s digital future. HDT combines sheetfed offset, label printing, and postpress operations and is responsible for developing, producing, and marketing the appropriate technologies and products for new business models. HDB, meanwhile, is where Heidelberg manages its operations relating to services, consumables, remarketed equipment, digital printing technology, and solutions throughout the value-added chain.”

This was possible thanks to the economic recovery of Heidelberg and the profitable growth it is now once again experiencing. The most important observations regarding the new strategy and the KPIs from the latest balance sheet are as follows:

  • Strategic focus on technology leadership, digital transformation, and operational excellence
  • Group targets for 2022 defined and underpinned with specific measures
  • Targeted increase in sales to around €3 billion, in EBITDA to €250-300 million, and in net profit after taxes to over €100 million
  • Initial strategic measures already implemented – two acquisitions (DOCUFY/Fujifilm coatings & printing chemicals in EMEA) and enhanced efficiency
  • Presentation of annual financial statement for 2016/2017 confirms targets achieved

 

 

Worth noting: 
Digital doesn’t “only” mean digital printing at Heideldruck

Digital printing is naturally a fundamental part of the new, comprehensive “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy. The new Primefire platform for digital packaging printing sets the bar extremely high here. But the digital transformation of the print business demands more than simply building good digital presses. Heideldruck has now gained a significant edge in this respect by finding a holistic approach that actually enables print shops to master the digital transformation. At the Annual Accounts Press Conference on June 8, 2017 in Frankfurt, CFO Dirk Kaliebe pointed out that it was now virtually impossible to distinguish between the high level of digitization in offset printing and that in digital printing. “The term ‘digital printing’ is actually misleading,” remarks Hundsdörfer. “Non-impact printing would be more accurate, that is to say a contactless printing method. Ultimately, however, printing takes place and an analog product is produced,” he explains. Hundsdörfer believes a mechanical engineer’s skill lies in combining all possible methods that serve to manufacture marketable print products of all kinds that are suitable for production in an efficient and automated process.

Is Heidelberg the print world’s Amazon?

As was already stressed at drupa 2016, the Push to Stop method enables autonomous printing. This is similar to Google helping to develop autonomous driving. The aim of the Heidelberg Cloud and assistant solutions is for the company to become the Amazon of the printing industry. “Heidelberg goes digital” is therefore linked to far more than a new way of building printing presses. As I see it, this is comparable to the success story of Tesla. At first glance, Tesla manufactures a premium electric car. A closer look reveals highly sophisticated data exchange between the driver/his preferences and the vehicle’s maximum coordination with specific needs and an optimum driving experience. In spring 2017, Tesla succeeded in overtaking automotive pioneer Ford in terms of market capitalization and sold more luxury vehicles in the United States than Porsche, VW/Audi, and BMW put together. Heidelberg could enjoy similar success. That’s why Hundsdörfer is promoting his vision of the “agile” company – a company that in my view is characterized by thinking and acting autonomously! 

 

Screenshots of the Heideldruck Annual Report, which has a die-cut folding carton on the cover that can be removed and turned into a “digital” box. This can be downloaded via Heidelberg.com.

 

As an experienced mechanical engineering insider, Hundsdörfer knows the importance of “operational excellence” (with the focus on permanent optimization of the solution portfolio and production processes). He is also aware of the two biggest assets of Heideldruck – know-how and experience regarding the best way to run a print business, under the premise of automating what can be automated – in production, in procurement, in real-time analysis of production resources in the field, in dialog between Heidelberg customers and their customers, and much more besides. Heideldruck is already a long way ahead of many other mechanical engineering companies in this respect. And it is marketing its know-how with start-ups, the go-to market, production companies (e.g. in 3D printing), and also other sectors (no doubt including the automotive sector in the future), where production processes continuously need to be converted and adapted. And not over a period of many months, but in just a few days.

 

 

There was good reason for the following question being raised at the Annual Accounts Press Conference: “Given everything you’ve told us, is it still appropriate for you to be called Heidelberger Druckmaschinen [= Heidelberg printing presses]?” The answer was that the brand has long been called “Heidelberg” and that’s all that counts. According to Hundsdörfer, building presses is vital for Heideldruck because the machines and their operation are linked to numerous additional and value-added services offered by the company. This is also the reason for the recent acquisitions of DOCUFY and, above all, the consumables sector of Fujifilm. Accordingly, Hundsdörfer wants Heideldruck to become a system solution provider, rather like a kind of platform operator for the global printing sector and its customers. Transformation is not simply a means to an end here, but the core business enabling profitable growth like that of the GAFA companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple – see our ValueWebinar on value analysis “Transformation – Beam me up, Scotty”).

 

 

Conclusion

The new “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy clearly won people over at the Annual Accounts Press Conference, with the share price immediately soaring to its highest level all year. Despite the significant complexity, the Heideldruck CEO and CFO were able to set out their perspective and arguments both concisely and transparently. The Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) division has a key role to play, because this is where new business models/business model philosophies need to be developed for Heideldruck and also for customers and partners. — See as well our  ValueDialog with Management Board member and Chief Digital Officer Dr. Ulrich Hermann.

 


 

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A milestone in the history of #Heideldruck: the new vision, mission and strategy presented by Rainer Hundsdörfer and Dirk Kaliebe at the Annual Press Conference heckle in Frankfurt am Main/Germany on 8 June 2017. Photo: Andreas Weber.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 09 June 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 23 news items for you, plus Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog which looks at ‘Waste and guilt’, providing food for thought. In Online Features, we have a rather special article on 200 Years Koenig & Bauer, which has travelled an innovation-lined road from the very first cylinder press to today’s digital print and more, and is now set to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in Würzburg in August.

Heidelberg dominated the lead headlines on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; then on Wednesday, we had Komori from Gareth Ward, featuring pharmaceutical carton printer and packager, Chester Medical Solutions, which has capped an investment programme with the UK’s first of Komori’s new B2 presses for carton work; then on Friday, KBA’s 200th Anniversary.

 


”The new strategy ’Heidelberg goes digital’ clearly convinced at the press conference — which at the same time caused a jump in the course of one year. Despite the complexity, the Heideldruck CEO Hundsdörfer and the Chief Financial Officer Kaliebe were able to present their views and arguments in a convincing and comprehensible manner. The Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) Board of Management is playing a key role, as new business models philosophies are being created for Heideldruck as well as for customers and partners. —Andreas Weber, Head of Value. Source: ValueCheck on Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


 

Of particular importance this week is Heidelberg’s new growth strategy until 2022, presented at its Annual Press Conference held on Wednesday, along with the release of its Annual Report for 2016/2017, plus two acquisitions announcements. The first of which actually led Tuesday’s headlines with the takeover of technical documentation software provider DOCUFY, and set to strengthen Heidelberg’s Digital Platforms division; with the second on Thursday, as Heidelberg confirms it has taken over Fujifilm‘s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region, situated in Kruibeke in Belgium, and Reutlingen in Germany.

Key sales and installations this week came from Heidelberg UK at 4-Print with a Versafire CP digital press and Suprasetter CTP system, Durst at Image Data in the UK with superwide-format for fabrics (also from Gareth Ward); and Xerox at Inkfish in Cape Town on Monday; Inca Digital in Scandinavia on Tuesday; Komori in the UK on Wednesday (mentioned above); and Ryobi in the UK at Northend Creative on Thursday; then Hybrid Software in Italy, IFS in the UK with Horizon, and Manroland Web at Quad/Graphics in North America on Friday.

You’ll also find software upgrades and new kit this week from Agfa and Xaar on Monday; new cobalt-free Inks from Huber on Tuesday; and productivity boosts for Highcon Euclid on Friday.

The tailender this week goes to Ricoh on Wednesday as the Ghent Workgroup announces that Ricoh has successfully achieved GWG PDF Preflight Certification.

That’s all until next time. You find more not mentioned below if you scroll down carefully, particularly for Labelexpo Europe taking place in Brussels from 25 – 28 September.

With best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 



 

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Monday

4-Print adds Versafire CP digital press from Heidelberg

4-Print in West Molesey, UK invests in digital and Suprasetter A75 CTP to meet new customer demand…

Image Data adds Durst to meet demand for fabrics

Yorkshire print group expands fabric print capability as retailers swing to backlit screens and stretch fabrics. By Gareth Ward…

Inkfish improves production quality with Xerox in Cape

Cape Town Digital print and signage company improves digital print and production with new Xerox Versant 80…

Agfa Graphics unveils new upgrades to Arziro

Agfa has released new versions of two elements within its Arziro ecosystem for the general security printing market…

Xaar strengthens aqueous portfolio with new 5501 heads

Xaar announces new addition to aqueous printheads portfolio…

Tuesday

Heidelberg expanding its Industry 4.0 offering

Takeover of technical documentation software provider DOCUFY strengthens Heidelberg’s Digital Platforms division…

Strong industry support for quality print apprenticeships

Trailblazer Consortium continues to press for an appropriate approach to the new Print Apprenticeship Standards…

Cobalt-free inks enable eco-label certification

Hubergroup sets all sheetfed offset printing inks to cobalt-free formulations to strengthen sustainability…

Spandex launches 3M Materials Product Guide

New 3M Materials Product Guide from Spandex aims to help customers deliver high value applications…

Billes Tryckeri AB lauds its Inca Onset X2

Scandinavia’s first Onset X delivers productivity gains of 30 per cent in wide-format production in just five months…

Wednesday

Chester Medical leads with carton-specified GL29 Komori

Pharmaceutical carton printer and packager Chester Medical Solutions has capped an investment programme with the UK’s first of Komori’s new B2 presses for carton work. By Gareth Ward…

Enhance your Competitive Edge at Dscoop with Scodix

Live demos of Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement Press with Foil Station at Dscoop EMEA 6 in Lyon this week…

Ricoh achieves GWG PDF Preflight Certification

The Ghent Workgroup has announced that Ricoh has successfully achieved GWG PDF preflight certification…

Thursday

Heidelberg presents its new growth strategy to 2022

Heidelberg’s growth strategy reveals significant improvement in sales and result targeted in period to 2022 at annual conference…

Heidelberg expands consumables with Fujifilm acquisition

Heidelberg takes over Fujifilm’s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region…

Labelexpo Europe 2017 announces new expo feature

Labelexpo Europe heralds fourth industrial revolution with bold feature area at Brussels Expo from 25 – 28 September…

Meech at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels

Meech to display static control and web cleaning solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2017 taking place in Brussels in September…

Northend Creative in Sheffield adds Ryobi LED-UV

Northend Creative Print Solutions has become the latest to invest in RMGT’s Ryobi LED-UV, plus Cron platesetter…

Friday

200 years of Koenig & Bauer in Würzburg

Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print, as KBA in Würzburg celebrates its 200th Anniversary…

Highcon Euclid speed boost announced at Dscoop EMEA

Dscoop EMEA conference in Lyon chosen to launch productivity boosts for Highcon Euclid B1 and B2 machines…

Hybrid celebrates sale of 100th PACKZ in Italy

Hybrid Software has announced the 100th sale in Italy of its professional editing software PACKZ…

UK Bookbinders enters digital chapter with Horizon

IFS-supplied BQ-470 PUR perfect binder and HT-30 three-side trimmer chosen to support new business division…

Quad/Graphics adds 64-page Lithoman in Versailles

Leading North American printer selects Lithoman press from Manroland Web Systems for its Kentucky facility…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

‘Pledge for Print’ BPIF appeal for Government backing

In a bid to boost the Government’s support for the printing industry, the BPIF is asking all parliamentary election candidates…

Print on the Brain – Sign up for a free copy now

Latest issue of Print Power magazine ‘ALL IN THE MIND’ looks at the remarkable neurological benefits of reading in print…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

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200 years Koenig & Bauer

Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print, as KBA in Würzburg to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in August…

Previous…    K+D´s Swiss passion for precision leads to Equinox

For the benefit of the pharma customer, K+D´s passion and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match…

Schumacher Packaging turns to Durst single-pass technology

Durst is now field-testing its flagship system, the Delta SPC 130, as Schumacher Packaging becomes its field test partner…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Waste and guilt

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 07 Jun

Previous…    Printing Plates Progress

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 May

Fespa & Green

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 17 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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No 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?

Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

Drupa Newsroom

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News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…    drupa Prize 2017 awarded to Anne Sokoll

Scholar of German convinces with her Doctoral Thesis on the Writers’ Movement in the GDR…

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

Kick-off for no. 1 printing technologies event / Highlight topics showcase the industry’s innovative force / New key visual ’embrace the future’…

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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 02 June 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 20 news items for you. It hasn’t been a spectacular week for news due to last week’s holiday interruptions and with more this past weekend and on Monday 5 June for Whitsun in some European countries, but there’s still a reasonable selection for you to go through which I shall not bother to highlight this week, as well as some superb installations.

Don’t miss Gareth Ward at Springfield Solutions on Wednesday, at the unveiling of its latest expansion, making it the largest all-digital labels business in the UK, together with its third Screen Truepress Jet L350 inkjet label press with an online Digicon 3 line, as well as an offline Digicon 3, to handle shorter production runs from the other presses.

Other successes this week include KBA Sheetfed in the UK; Esko Kongsberg in Madrid; KBA at B&K Offsetdruck in Ottersweier, as its new C16 web press came on stream right on schedule on 1 June; Technotrans in the UK; EFI in Finland; then Heidelberg and KBA in North America, and finally Esko and Kongsberg in Belgium.

There’s a new addition in our drupa Newsroom, as the drupa Prize for 2017 goes to Anne Sokoll for her doctoral thesis, chosen by the Faculty of Philosophy of Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Also among Thursday’s headlines.

That’s all until next time. With best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


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Headline News

Almost 29,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

Week beginning Mon 29 May – date published also appears in article footline

Monday
Beatus invests in highly specified KBA Rapida 106
Beatus Cartons will be the first company in the UK to have a Rapida 106 with KBA’s QualiTronic PDF system…

Zünd RM-L Routing System wins EDP Award
Zünd’s new routing system RM-L won the EDP 2017 Award for ‘Best digital cutting system’ during FESPA in Hamburg…

MadeToPrint available for QuarkXPress 2017
Axaio Software announces availability of its print and export Xtension, MadeToPrint, for Quark XPress 2017…

Tuesday
Successful China Print for Heidelberg in Beijing
Heidelberg at China Print 2017: Simply Smart, paves the way for the future of the Chinese print media industry…

Visitor registration open for Labelexpo Europe 2017
Online visitor registration is now open as Labelexpo Europe 2017 gears up for its biggest edition to date at Brussels Expo…

THQ FlexoCloud Technology the pride of Bobst Lyon
Bobst unveils THQ FlexoCloud technology: a major leap forward in post-print flexo for corrugated board…

Wednesday
Springfield opens #Printworks digital labels showcase
Springfield doubles production space in £1.3 million investment to give it the largest all-digital labels business in the UK. By Gareth Ward…

TRESU at Dscoop EMEA 2017 in Lyon next week
TRESU to exhibit comprehensive inline coating solutions with HP Indigo digital presses for cartons and synthetics…

Master Rótulo Madrid invests in Kongsberg C64 table
Esko helps Master Rótulo expand production capabilities with new Kongsberg digital cutting table to support business growth…

Thursday 01 June
drupa Prize 2017 awarded to Anne Sokoll
The drupa Prize 2017 goes to scholar of German, who convinced with Doctoral Thesis on the Writers’ Movement in the GDR…

FINAT European Label Forum heads to Berlin
New directions, new destinations at this ‘must attend’ event for participants at all levels of the label value chain…

KBA C16 comes on stream at B&K Offsetdruck
Success story continues between B&K Offsetdruck in Ottersweier and KBA as C16 came on stream right on schedule…

Ink.lines prevent waste on LED-UV press at Northend
Technotrans installs Ink.line systems onto a Ryobi 925 LED-UV press at Northend Creative Print Solutions…

Lönnberg Finland opts for EFI workflow with Pace
Lönnberg implements Midmarket Print Suite for superwide-format and commercial print production management…

Friday
‘Pledge for Print’ BPIF appeal for Government backing
In a bid to boost the Government’s support for the printing industry, the BPIF is asking all parliamentary election candidates…

Print on the Brain – Sign up for a free copy now
Latest issue of Print Power magazine ‘ALL IN THE MIND’ looks at the remarkable neurological benefits of reading in print…

Esko dominates FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards
Esko CDI imagers produce plates for five of the six Best of Show 2017 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards…

Mele Printing returns to Heidelberg for XL 75
Mele Printing expects to increase annual sales by $3 million with addition of Speedmaster XL 75 with Inpress Control…

Esko brings increased throughput to Visix in Belgium
Esko Automation Engine and Kongsberg C64 cutting table key to improved profitability and productivity…

New Rapida 106 LED UV press at Cedar Graphics
This ‘first impression’ printer again chooses KBA to maintain its high quality reputation and double productivity…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Vista Color adds Push to Stop Speedmaster XL 106
Heidelberg’s latest XL 106 with AutoPlate Pro, Inspection Control 2 and Prinect Color Services help Vista score big with GMI…

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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You can also visit blog.drupa.comfor the latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017
Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Value Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

Most recent…  
An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!
‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

Previous…  
K+D´s Swiss passion for precision leads to Equinox
For the benefit of the pharma customer, K+D´s passion and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match…

Schumacher Packaging turns to Durst single-pass technology
Durst is now field-testing its flagship system, the Delta SPC 130, as Schumacher Packaging becomes its field test partner…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Previous…  
Printing Plates Progress
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 May

Fespa & Green
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 17 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.
No 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?
Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

Drupa Newsroom

Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017 and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into Chapters for your convenience… but you must scroll down to view each Chapter and its content when you visit the Newsroom

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

drupa Prize 2017 awarded to Anne Sokoll
Scholar of German convinces with her Doctoral Thesis on the Writers’ Movement in the GDR…

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world
Kick-off for no. 1 printing technologies event / Highlight topics showcase the industry’s innovative force / New key visual ’embrace the future’…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

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